French Declaration Paragraph Assignment
the Arc de Triomphe is certainly not an image of what the French
Revolution initially stood for when the National
Constituent Assembly drew up the Declaration of the Rights of Man in
August 1789. Maybe the Arc is a fleeting image invoking the appeal of the idea of
revolutionary rights for
citizens across Europe. But more pragmatically, it is a lasting symbol of the fleeting power of French
military might under the leadership of Napoleone di Buonaparte, emperor of
France. The Arc stands at the western end of the Champs-Elysée,
the main boulevard of Paris, and it took decades to build after the arch was commission following the victory at Austerlitz (Battle of the Three
1806. It clearly was modeled on the triumphal, ceremonial arches of Ancient
Rome. In 1920, inside and below the arch, the French dedicated a tomb of the
unknown soldier from World War I. Photo courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.
Read the Declaration
of the Rights of Man (along with the document background notes
and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Declaration of the Rights of Man (not from the textbook), compare the rights mentioned in the French Declaration
with those mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.
Your paragraph must follow this format:
- begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
- font size 10 or 12 only
- one-inch margins
- direct, quoted material to support your points
- name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
- about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked
to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit
and will result in an improved grade.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for
specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the
course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.
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